After such a gloomy, rainy day yesterday we woke up to sunshine and warm temperatures so we set off to have a walk in the city with the possibility of lunch somewhere along the way.
As usual we took the CityCat into town and got off this time at Riverside.
There were lots of people out and about, many of them from interstate and some from NZ as we had two big football games on last night. ( Bledisloe Cup v NZ - we WON !!! and an AFL game)
The cafes and restaurants along the river were chockers (crowded).
For a change we caught this little ferry across the river
so that we could walk back along the walkways towards Southbank where we would find somewhere for lunch.
It's a very pleasant walk with some sunny parts and some shade....
and all along the way are these little shelters/ lookouts built out over the river so that you can take in all the action on the river.
I couldn't believe there were a couple of fellows fishing here!
Can't imagine you could possibly catch anything worthwhile here in our muddy, salty river.
You have to share the path with bike riders whizzing past but there are designated areas for pedestrians and bikes clearly marked
and as long as you keep your wits about you all is fine.
I noticed this mango tree absolutely laden with blossom so perhaps we can look forward to lots of mangoes this Summer.
The Kookaburra Queen ( restaurant /pretend paddle wheeler) went by..
We walked past the ruins of the old wharves,
clever lighting with solar panels incorporated to supply electricity,
heaps of Water Dragons scampering around in the sunshine
( not my favourite animal but OK as long as they keep their distance - I know I'm a woose but some of them were big fellows !)
and kids having fun climbing trees!
( I think it's called a Curtain Fig )
By the time we found our cafe it was past 2 o'clock and we were really ready for this Vegie Delight Pizza.
( the yellow stuff is pumpkin otherwise known as butternut squash )
It disappeared so quickly I was lucky to get a photo!